Whatâ??s Next Online has an excellent post that explains most major aspects of RSS in a non-techie way (via Blogging Pro).
Category: Blogs and Blogging
The Washington Post has launched a new blog focused on security called Security Fix.
MarketingProfs.com has a good summary of podcasts and podcasting. I’ve written about podcasting before, but I still haven’t gotten around to trying it out. Podcasting has the power to change the way rich media information is broadcast. It’s kind of a mix of the Web, TiVo and portable consumer electronics, all in one. The interesting […]
Well, I finally made the move and migrated the site from Drupal to WordPress. I finished everything up yesterday and I’m now only finding some time to write about how the process went. I saw some commentary and references (doctorvee, brianpuccio.net, Thought Patterns, Weblog Tools Collection, New Links) to the ideas I placed forth in […]
There’s a nice discussion on Jeremy Zawodny’s blog regarding the future of WordPress and Movable Type (via Weblog Tools Collection). I would agree that WordPress and MT are definitely the leaders, but I would have to argue the point that WordPress will come to be the de-facto choice in the world of self-hosted personal weblogs […]
I haven’t posted for the past week or so on this blog as I’ve been spending more time fighting with Drupal than actually writing. If I’m not mistaken, trying to get software to work for you is not very efficient. I want to use software tools to make my life easier not harder. Especially when there are numerous blog publishing tools out there that work great.
After giving up on Drupal (and yes I have finally given up), I decided to really give some other software a test drive. Specifically, I looked at Movable Type and WordPress. Both are excellent for publishing blogs, but after actually using both for a period of time on other blogs I maintain I found that WordPress is superior for my needs.
The entire experience I have with WordPress is summarized by one word: simplicity. Everything I need is where it should be without my having to think about it. It just works. Like the other tools, modules / plug-ins are available for the missing, non-core functionality so there’s no real difference there. WordPress also has a very active development community that is very helpful and is constantly creating new hacks, plug-ins, and themes. In addition, if you are planning on creating numerous blogs, Movable Type limits you to 3 (personal only) before having to purchase a license. For business use, a 5 user license starts at $199. Granted, the purchase of a license includes support.
WordPress, on the other hand, is open source and free with no limitations. Taking away the cost comparison, I found WordPress to be a superior product. The addition of the cost savings just adds to that evaluation.
Don’t get me wrong. Drupal is an outstanding package for content management. The problem I have with Drupal is that’s it is overkill for blogs. Drupal contains functionality to support not only blogs, but also community sites, portals, intranet, etc. The core system of Drupal can be customized and configured to meet a wide variety of uses. And therein lies the problem. Typically, a multi-function tool is not as useful as one that has been designed for a specific function. Drupal was not designed from day one as a blog publishing tool. These capabilities were added on as the need arose for blogs on users’ Drupal sites.
The best analogy I can give is that Drupal is like a Swiss army knife. Great tool, multiple functionality. You can certainly use a Swiss army knife to open a can of beans, but a standalone, motorized can opener does a better job, much faster. In the case of blogging, Drupal is the Swiss army knife. The motorized can opener from my research is WordPress.
Now with that realization in mind, what do I do next? Despite considerable research, there does not seem to be anyone who has posted about their moving from Drupal to something else. Everything I could find cited people moving from other tools to Drupal. So, unfortunately, this means there is going to be a lot of work involved in this effort. Since the posts are in MySQL, it should be easy enough to pull those out. Comments and trackbacks will be another story.
I don’t have a time frame for this yet, but it will be obvious when the final conversion is complete. The site will look different and you’ll see a heck of a lot more posting to this blog.
Here’s an interesting one for the PDA users. Pocket PC Magazine has an article on how to listen to podcasts on your Pocket PC, specifically by using the podcast aggregator service, DopplerRadio. Podcasting is really taking off. I’m not quite on board yet, but I hope to be getting more involved especially as more useful tools are developed.
The Wall Street Journal has a nice article on business blogs. Nothing terribly insightful or new, but interesting to see mainstream picking up on what many of us are already aware of – how important blogs are becoming to the enterprise. The article discusses a few cases of companies successfully using blogs including GreenCine, Wark Communications, Red Line Performance & Restoration, Nerve.com, and Stoneyfield Farms.
Maybe I’m biased from reading too many blogs, but some of these companies blogs are much more appealing than their corporate sites. Not only do they have more useful information, often times the look and feel of the site is better.
RSS is only going to become more critical to web sites. Robert Scoble (via Ross Mayfield) has a fired up post about marketing of sites using RSS. Or more to the point, those NOT using RSS. From Scoble,
Sorry, if you do a marketing site and you don’t have an RSS feed today you should be fired.
Something to keep in mind for all the marketing gurus.
Some of my readers (and I suspect very few) may have noticed the two small ads at the bottom of the left navigation on this site. They’re gone now and there’s a big reason for it – the slow speed the pages were loading. Blogsnob from Pheedo is a great idea. As an ad network for blogs, you promote your blog through the network for free by simply displayed other free blog ads. You receive credits for every ad your site displays and then those credits are used to display your ads. Now I didn’t expect to see tremendous traffic from this, so the low click through rate wasn’t my biggest concern. What prompted me to remove them was the fact that the ads were holding up my page load time. The Blogsnob ads were slowing my page loading to a crawl. My unscientific tests had them delaying a full page load by over 10 seconds after half of the other content loaded. This is wholly unacceptable and since I was getting very little traffic from them, it’s goodbye Blogsnob.